Around 2:30 a.m. this morning, my son came into my bedroom to check up on me. He knew before I laid down to go to sleep I wasn’t feeling well. At first he scared the crap out of me because while I was asleep he reached out and touched me on the forehead, so I woke up startled. In his hand he had a cup of apple juice for me. I really didn’t want anything to drink, but I took it just so he would know he was appreciated.
For the record, my son is 9 years old. For the past few weeks he has literally taken care of me. He’s made sure I didn’t have to do anything extra around the house. He’s been a constant fixture in my room and made sure I knew he was there to help me. Today when I woke up, he asked if I needed him to stay at home with me today. For the past two weeks, he hasn’t gone to his day camp and really haven’t had any ‘kiddie’ time with his friends, besides his cousin. He was already dressed, so I knew he was anxious to walk to his camp.
“Of course you can go, Jaden”, is what I told him.
I gave him one of the biggest hugs I think I’ve ever given him. It still amazes me how mature and caring he is for his age. This boy will give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Now, believe me, we have had our moments. They usually happen when he gets a little too smart mouthed. But I can say he gets it honestly.
Most people ask me or assume that my son is spoiled because he’s an only child. Not hardly. He’s far from greedy and rarely asks for anything. For his birthday this past May, I asked him what did he want and he told me just a bike. I asked if that was all he wanted and he said yes. For Christmas, once again I asked him what did he want, and he went online and pulled up a watch that was only $12.00. When he asks for a new video game, he always makes sure he has the money to buy it, another game to take as a trade in, or asks the salesperson if they have a used/cheaper version.
These past few weeks have shown me that everyday my son is growing up, not only physically (at 5’1 & 125 lbs..he definitely isn’t the average 9 yr old) but mentally and becoming more independent. I couldn’t ask for a greater kid!